For Immediate Release
Steve Napolitano, Senior Deputy to Supervisor Knabe & Former Manhattan Beach Mayor, Announces Run for Fourth District Supervisor
El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes, Diamond Bar Mayor Steve Tye to Co-Chair Campaign
Manhattan Beach, CA—April 9, 2015—Representing the next generation of County leadership, Steve Napolitano, Supervisor Don Knabe’s Senior Deputy and three term Mayor of Manhattan Beach, formally announced he is running for Supervisor for the 4th District of LA County in 2016.
With El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes and Diamond Bar Mayor Steve Tye serving as Campaign Co-Chairs, Steve has a amassed an impressive list of endorsements from more than 65 current and former elected officials and community leaders from one end of the Fourth District to the other. From Diamond Bar to Downey, Hacienda Heights to Hermosa Beach, Steve has earned the support of the Fourth District communities he has served for the past ten years.
“Steve has the vision, experience and passion to carry on Don Knabe’s good work, while at the same time offering his own unique set of skills,” Diamond Bar Mayor Steve Tye said, adding, “The Fourth District needs someone like Steve. Someone who knows every corner of the Fourth District. He is a dedicated public servant who will be an outstanding County Supervisor.” Mayor Tye has served on the Diamond Bar City Council since 2005 and is a Past President of the Contract Cities Association.
Setting himself apart from other candidates, Napolitano said:
“If you think LA County should be run more like the City of Los Angeles, Sacramento or Washington DC, you'll have your pick of partisan politicians looking for a stepping stone to a new office. They're the same old politicians, always quitting one job to run for another, because it’s all about them and not about you. That's not me.
“I’m a hands-on, independent, common sense leader with 25 years of experience in solving problems and serving people where it counts most—local government. Working closely with Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe since 2005, I have a unique knowledge of County government. I’ve worked successfully to promote job growth, improve environmental protections, and support Fourth District nonprofits and community groups, while personally answering the calls and emails of constituents every day. And when it comes to serving today’s Fourth District, you can’t have a better mentor than Don Knabe.
“No other candidate will have the experience and County know-how that I do. I know how County government works, and how it can work better. And I’ve got the experience, energy, and ideas to make it better. Working together, we can rethink, reinvent, and re-engage LA County for the 21st Century.
“Voters will have a clear choice in 2016, because leading the 4th District isn’t something you inherit, it’s something you earn.”
The grandson of Italian immigrants on his father’s side, with Native American and Irish roots on his mother’s side, Steve was the youngest person ever elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992 at the age of 26. He served as Mayor and Councilmember, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1997 and 2001 before being termed out in 2005.
“I have worked side by side with Steve. I know firsthand that he’s smart and has a big heart. His role with Supervisor Knabe has made him extremely well qualified to be our next County Supervisor. While other candidates for this office have tried to run statewide or sought to go to Washington, DC, Steve’s stayed home and worked in the trenches with us day in and day out,” said El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes.
Recognized as a County-wide leader in local government, Steve was elected by his peers from cities across LA County to serve as President of the 53 city coalition called the Independent Cities Association in 2002-2003. While serving on the City Council, Steve worked as a part-time teacher and put himself through law school. After passing the Bar, Steve worked at a law firm representing school districts throughout the state before joining Supervisor Knabe’s team.
Steve and his family live in Manhattan Beach.
For more information on Steve Napolitano for Supervisor 2016, please visit www.stevenapolitano.com, follow Steve on Facebook, or Twitter @napolitanosteve.
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